|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2017 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 64-65
Orphan children and yogic approach
Shambhu Dayal Sharma1, SK Rajesh2, Pailoor Subramanya3
1 Division of Yoga and Humanities, S-VYASA, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Division of Yoga and Physical Sciences, S-VYASA, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
3 Division of Yoga and Life Sciences, S-VYASA, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
|Date of Web Publication||15-Feb-2018|
Dr. Pailoor Subramanya
Division of Yoga and Life Sciences, S-VYASA, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Sharma SD, Rajesh S K, Subramanya P. Orphan children and yogic approach. Int J Yoga - Philosop Psychol Parapsychol 2017;5:64-5
Orphan children are more likely to be emotionally needy, insecure, poor, exploited, abused, or neglected, and they show high resilience in coping. The children who have lost one parent (single orphan) or both parents (double orphan) usually live in stressful conditions.
Many of the studies show that orphans are highly prone to psychological distress, depressive disorders of vegetative symptoms, anxiety, a sense of uselessness, hopelessness, and suicidal tendency. Hence, only material support and sustenance (in the form of food, clothing, and shelter) may not be enough/effective to address these issues in orphans. In addition to this material support, they also need additional support to ensure psychological well-being. Thus, our search for effective interventions leads to the solution through yoga, as many studies show that yoga can lead to psychological well-being and symptom reduction. This is understandable from the attention and acceptance of Yoga in the light of positive role that yoga can play in prevention and management of psychological conditions.
There is a progressive trend toward the use of yoga as a mind-body complementary and alternative medicine intervention to improve specific physical and mental health conditions. Yoga is a holistic system of varied mind-body practices that can be used to improve mental and physical health, and it has been utilized in a variety of contexts and situations. A study assessing the impact of yoga intervention on a group of Israeli school children residing in the region affected by the Second Lebanon War reveals that yoga may be beneficial as an intervention on children in postwar stress situations. The participation in yoga was both enjoyable and beneficial to children living in stressful conditions. A study on effectiveness of 3-month yoga for orphans reported that yoga enhances their executive function and may have potential implications on learning, classroom behavior, and in handling the adverse circumstances and stand as a preventive measure for mental health problems. Furthermore, an evidence-based yoga review suggests that certain postures, breathing techniques, concentration, and meditation practices help in effective rehabilitation of orphans. A study aimed to assess the effect of a 12-week yoga program on the minimum muscular fitness of adolescents dwelling in an orphanage suggests that yoga has considerable benefits to improve muscular fitness and may be recommended as an effective training activity.
Based on previous research findings, yoga program for orphans may include ,,, warm-ups, loosening and stretching practices, Surya Namaskara, yoga postures (asanas) which include standing, sitting, prone and supine asanas, Pranayama, and trataka.
To address the problems of orphan children, it is recommended setting up of a National Policy and Support Services for Orphans, Child Guidance Counsellors in those schools having more number of orphans, and yoga as a social skills training for orphan children.
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